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The Significance of an MIT Drone Weaving Around Tree Branches at 30 Mph
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The Significance of an MIT Drone Weaving Around Tree Branches at 30 Mph

To get his Ph.D., MIT grad student Andy Barry packed up a car with a drone and a catapult to launch it. Then he headed west.

A Data Genius Has Figured Out the ­ltimate Beer-Drinking Road Trip
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A Data Genius Has Figured Out the ­ltimate Beer-Drinking Road Trip

Data scientist Nathan Yau created a map of the top breweries in the U.S., and then determined the most efficient route to use to visit them. 

Everything You Need to Know About the Vast ­ndersea Network that Makes the Internet Work
From ACM News

Everything You Need to Know About the Vast ­ndersea Network that Makes the Internet Work

Russians submarines and spy ships are "ggressively operating" near the undersea cables that are the backbone of the global Internet—worrying some U.S. intelligence...

How Human Nature Could Foil Tesla's New Autopilot
From ACM TechNews

How Human Nature Could Foil Tesla's New Autopilot

Researchers and driving safety experts warn the new autopilot option installed in most Tesla vehicles could cause unsafe conditions. 

With Court Order, Federal Judge Seeks to Fuel Debate About Data Encryption
From ACM News

With Court Order, Federal Judge Seeks to Fuel Debate About Data Encryption

A federal judge in New York is seeking to expand to the courts the hot debate over whether tech companies should be forced to find ways to unlock encrypted smartphones...

How Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Self-Healing Airplanes
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How Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Self-Healing Airplanes

Boeing and Carnegie Mellon University have launched an Aerospace Data Analytics Lab to mine insights from the vast body of data generated by the aerospace industry...

Thought Process: Building an Artificial Brain
From ACM TechNews

Thought Process: Building an Artificial Brain

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is funding a pair of parallel projects to understand the nature of intelligence. 

How Google's Self-Driving Cars May Handle the Toughest Situations
From ACM News

How Google's Self-Driving Cars May Handle the Toughest Situations

Left-hand turns are one of the tougher things drivers have to do.

The Strange Link Between Global Climate Change and the Rise of the Robots
From ACM TechNews

The Strange Link Between Global Climate Change and the Rise of the Robots

A recent paper concluded humans would not stand a chance against super-intelligent robots following a hypothetical mass extinction event. 

This Algorithm Can Create a New Van Gogh or Picasso in Just an Hour
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This Algorithm Can Create a New Van Gogh or Picasso in Just an Hour

German researchers have outlined a method of using deep learning to turn regular photographs into images in the style of great painters. 

­.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts
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­.S. Developing Sanctions Against China Over Cyberthefts

The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government's...

Standardized Tests May Be Holding Back the Next Generation of Computer Programmers
From ACM TechNews

Standardized Tests May Be Holding Back the Next Generation of Computer Programmers

Educating students to pass standardized tests, which command most school administrators' time, leaves little room for computer science classes to train the next...

Could Hackers Take Down a City?
From ACM TechNews

Could Hackers Take Down a City?

Researchers warn of the possibility of cyberattackers crippling a city because of urban centers' increasing reliance on technology. 

Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences
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Why the Ftc Is Showing ­p at Hackers' Biggest Conferences

The Federal Trade Commission, the de facto federal watchdog for consumers' privacy and data security, knows it needs help.

This Small Change Could Make a Big Difference For Accessible Technology
From ACM TechNews

This Small Change Could Make a Big Difference For Accessible Technology

Yahoo, Facebook, and several other technology companies said they will inform job applicants that accessibility knowledge is "preferred" to land a job with them...

Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested
From ACM News

Inside the Fake Town in Michigan Where Self-Driving Cars Are Being Tested

Later this year a Michigan pedestrian named Sebastian will spend his days throwing himself in the path of speeding cars.

How the Audacious Pentagon Agency That Invented the Internet Is Now Trying to Save It
From ACM TechNews

How the Audacious Pentagon Agency That Invented the Internet Is Now Trying to Save It

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is rethinking the underlying mechanisms of cybersecurity to focus on preventive measures instead of simply breach...

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer
From ACM TechNews

Watson's Next Feat? Taking on Cancer

IBM's Watson supercomputer is being trained to find personalized cancer treatments. 

June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute
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June Will End with a Rare 61-Second Minute

We'll need to wait for July just a shade longer, as the world's timekeepers have added a leap second June 30—to officially keep Earth and our precise, atomic clocks...

A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored
From ACM News

A Disaster Foretold — and Ignored

LOpht's warnings about the Internet drew notice, but little action.
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